Commission clarifies virus ordinance

HURON — After issuing an ordinance on Sunday and hearing the governor declare the city officially in a state of “community spread,” earlier in the day, the Huron city commissioners clarified some portions of the ordinance in place.
First, clarification was provided regarding whether a business could be open if it did not serve food or alcohol. Businesses are allowed to be open, but they are encouraged to stagger schedules to ensure social distancing.
Second, clarification was given that those businesses operating with an on-sale liquor license, specifically casinos, are not to be open at this time.
Finally, answering a question posed to the commissioners, laundromats specifically were clarified. While laundromats can remain open, customer numbers should be limited and social distancing should be in place, in accordance with the ordinance passed on Sunday.
Commissioners also heard from Finance Director Paullyn Carey, who stated that the city continues to work with the state regarding upcoming elections and the possibility of moving them or how to hold them safely if they are not moved.
Carey added that any needs the community may have of city offices should be done by calling the city office in question, where someone will receive the phone call. Payments for utilities can be received online or via phone as needed.
In other business, city commissioners:
- Authorized the mayor to sign the annual loan renewal with the National Museum of the US Air Force for the aircraft display located at 76 15th St NW
- Approved rehires and new hires for summer positions in the Parks & Rec Department and Splash Central
- Approved an on-sale alcoholic beverage license for Huron Little League, Inc. for the Canaries baseball game on May 9 at Memorial Ballpark
- Approved transfer of 2019-2020 retail on/off-sale malt beverage and South Dakota farm wine license from Jim Bigelow to Ben Dragt for the Broadland Creek Golf Course.
Commissioners want to remind the public that while city buildings are closed, Huron city commission meetings will be available via live stream on the city’s YouTube channel.
Commissioners next meet at 5:30 p.m.  on March 30, at City Hall.


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